§19-32-1. Legislative findings and purpose.
The Legislature finds and declares that aquaculture has the
potential for reducing the United States trade deficit in fisheries
products, for augmenting food supplies, for expanding employment,
for promoting economic activity, for improving public health, for
augmenting existing commercial and recreational fisheries and for
producing other renewable resources, thereby assisting West
Virginia and the United States in meeting its future food needs and
contributing to the solution of world resource problems. It is,
therefore, in the state's interest and it is state policy to
recognize aquaculture as agriculture and to encourage the
development of aquaculture in West Virginia.